Sheriff Dwayne Carey says, according to federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms data he’s seen, Boone County is the most gun violent county in Missouri per capita.
“I don’t know if it’s politically correct, if you don’t want people to think that it’s not dangerous here, but it’s damn dangerous,” Sheriff Carey says on The Eagle’s “Wake Up Columbia.”
Most of that violence happens in Boone’s largest city, Columbia. Sheriff Carey tells us that he believes in a more proactive approach than what the Columbia Police Department is taking to get bad guys off the streets.
Now federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents are in town to help.
“They’re here for a reason, and it’s because there are so many guns in this area, there are so many shooting in this area, they have come here help us try to solve that problem,” Carey says.
The Columbia area has had seven shots fired calls in the last three weeks, including a murder at Conley and Brickton on June 23rd.
“I’d let my wife and daughter go up to HyVee on Conley Road to get groceries late at night. When that parking lot area where that homicide occurred is a big area where drug transactions take place, guess what, they’re not going up there at 9:00 p.m. anymore,” Carey says.
Carey also gave us an update on the most recent shots fired call in the Columbia area. He says while investigators don’t know the suspects or the motive yet, they do have a theory.
“Gangbangers visiting both houses, and basically shots across the street,” Carey says. “Could be retaliation from another incident that happened a couple weeks earlier, because that’s usually the way it works. That’s why victims and witnesses don’t talk, because they want to then retaliate.”
Deputies found several shell casings in the Crestview Subdivision early Tuesday morning, and some bullet holes in a home. No injuries have been reported because of the shooting.